Reports by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have shown that the Caribbean and Latin American regions have the highest costs for healthy diets compared to other regions.

In a statement the FAO said it did an extensive analysis of how many people can in fact afford a healthy diet, one that offers a diversity of nutrient-rich food, aligned with dietary guidance.

The FAO said the study shows that billions of people cannot afford a healthy diet, Loop News reports. 

Almost 3.1 billion people could not afford a healthy diet in 2020 – an increase of 112 million more people than in 2019, reflecting the higher costs of a healthy diet in 2020.

This was mainly driven by Asia, where 78 million more people were unable to afford this diet, followed by Africa, and to a lesser extent by Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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